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Get excited about trout stocking
Robbie Alexander

This lovely trout cod took the author’s Koolabung Cod Cracker surface lure after dark, only five minutes from the Wangaratta CBD.

July is a tough time of the year to fish in North East Victoria. There are still fishing options available for the keen Murray cod and redfin angler, however, trout really dominate the fishing during July for a number of reasons.

Let’s start with Murray cod. Winter Murray cod fishing in the Ovens River catchment is usually slow at best. Whether we can actually go fishing during July is largely dependent on the weather. If we get too much rain, the entire catchment might be too high and dirty.

If we don’t get a lot of rain, the river may well be in a fishable state, however the Murray cod fishing will most likely be very quiet. If the river looks good, by all means it will be worth fishing. Just don’t go down there expecting to catch good numbers of cod.

Lake Mulwala is a much more consistent Murray cod fishery in the winter months than anywhere in the Ovens River catchment. The Bundalong area can be well worth a look during July as the far lower reaches of the Ovens River are backed up by the waters of Lake Mulwala.

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